Plus: the secret history of the Tootsie Pop commercial (and global animation news).
Thanks for this deep dive into collaborative background painting and art direction across continents! Even just thinking about the logistics of that makes me feel overwhelmed. Watching the process video made me shudder at what the cost of a small mistake must have been—and reminded me how unforgiving physical media can be, even for veterans.
Secondly, the whole scanning process and various efforts to maintain fidelity! They attest to how so much can dilute/obscure/stymie the conveyance of, the story, and how truly incredible it is when stories finally make it to the audience with voice intact.
Anyway, the paintings are so beautiful and alive, and it was fun to see how they came together.
The backgrounds in Samurai Jack remind me of the work of Gyo Fujikawa, particularly her work on A Child's Garden of Verses. I wondered when I read them if she did any work in anime/cartoons.
Love to read about how perfectionists get things done. Thank you!
Thank you so much for doing a deep dive into the Tootsie Pop commercial! Each week keeps getting better and better, thanks guys!